A Christmas Faggot
|←Front matter||A Christmas Faggot (1884)
A CHRISTMAS FAGGOT
ALFRED GURNEY, M. A.
Vicar of S. Barnabas’s, Pimlico
author of ’the vision of the eucharist and other poems’ etc.
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, & CO., 1 PATERNOSTER SQUARE
(The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved)
When the Angel of the waters
Loch Leven : 1884.
Most of the following poems have appeared in the ’S. Barnabas’ Parish Magazine.’ For my godchildren and my people I have made them up into a little bundle of sticks—a Christmas faggot to feed the fires in the winter palace of our King.
It is the Incarnation that justifies all joy, and song is the expression of joy. The Gospel Songs all celebrate the Great Nativity. Birth and marriage are the occasions most sacred to mirth and music among men; and Christmas is at once the Birthday and the Marriage Festival of Humanity.
Glad and thankful shall I be if any song of mine should help to fan the flame of rejoicing love in any Christian heart at this holy and happy season.
|the madonna di san sisto||6|
|a cradle song||18|
|a cradled child||23|
|an empty cradle||26|
|new year’s eve||28|
|a christmas puzzle||46|
|the children's eucharist||56|
|the gospel songs:|
|III. Nunc Dimittis||66|